Meet the Leadership Team

All members of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter, with the exception of one, are volunteers who spend countless hours every month ensuring members receive the greatest value, inventive marketing strategy techniques, and social networking opportunities.

Whether we’re developing educational programs, planning and running events, searching for sponsors, helping students, developing communication materials, or rewarding top industry professionals, our organization is dedicated to exceptional service.

We do it for the love of the hospitality business, and our desire to continually improve careers. We aim to expand both professional and personal relationships for all members. Our chapter receives new members each year, and with that growth our leadership team continues to expand and diversify to exceed all of your expectations.


Chris White

Chris White


Adisa Feratovic

Adisa Feratovic

VP of Communications

Lori O’Connell

Lori O’Connell

Immediate Past President

Consuela Hooblal

Consuela Hooblal

VP of Professional Development

Kathie Stapleton

Kathie Stapleton

Executive Director

Lucille Yokell

Lucille Yokell

VP Member Experience




Richard Yaeger – Director of Awards & Recognition

Richard Yaeger, The Hotel Source


Kate Blumenthal – Director of Collegiate Relations

Marriott Hotels – New York City 

Mara Robin – Director of Community Outreach

Chambers Hotel

Tom Travers – Director of Finance

Beacon Hotel

Kelly Otto – Director of Marketing

Northwood Hospitality

Melissa Carter – Director of Member Engagement

Christine Chang – Director of Member Recruitment & Retention


Julian Emanuel – Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships

Gotham Hotel

Chris Buckelew – Director of Digital Marketing

PM Hotel Group 

Markus Boeker – Director, Attractions SIG


Gladys Mouton DiStefano – Director of Program Venues

At Your Service Party Planning

Julie Houde – Director of Program Content

Wyndham Hotels

Jamieson Asselta – Director of Revenue Management

IDeaS Revenue Solutions 

Frank Dee – Director of Special Events

Mandarin Oriental NY

Katie Fontana – Director of Mentorship

Dream Hotel Group

Jane Pearsall – Director of Networking Socials

Best Western International

Robin Flanz – Director-at-Large

Langham Hospitality Group





Andrea LoPiccolo McConnon – Awards & Recognition
Denihan Hospitality Group

Peter McNamee – Awards & Recognition
Doubletree NYC Chelsea

Anne Marie Wilson – Awards & Recognition
Empire Hotel

Louise Zhao, CRME – Collegiate Relations

Christopher White – Community Outreach (Silent Auction)
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

Nastassia Welter – Community Outreach (Monthly Raffles)
Leisure Pass North America LLC

Iva Sobotincic – Marketing – Roomers/Website
Hotel Edison

Felicia Harripersaud – Marketing – Eblasts/Special Event Marketing
New York City College of Technology

Isaac Pacheco – Partnerships & Sponsorships
Hornblower Cruises & Events

Iona Popa-Gaskins – Revenue Management

Rosella Virdo – Social Media
Lodging Interactive

Akshay Ramanathan – Young Hospitality Professionals
Sukoon Travel Group

Iona Popa-Gaskins – Young Hospitality Professionals


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